Students Show Off
By Lindsey Brown
Lantern staff writer
While standing barefoot in a pile of broken
glass, Mark Davis held an egg in one hand and broke two boards with the
fingertips of his other hand.
This was one of many martial arts feats
Davis performed Friday for the annual Law School Talent Show held at Que
second-year law student at Ohio State, said he has been practicing
martial arts for five years.
"This is not mind over matter, it's spirit
over matter," said Brian Metz, one of Davis' friends.
Davis broke another board by placing his arm
over the board and hitting his arm with a rock. The board split in two,
but his arm stayed in one piece. He also broke a stack of five bricks
using his elbow.
"The hand is normally weak, and concrete and
brick are every strong, " Davis said. "Normally the flesh and bone will
not break a brick. The difference is the spirit within."
Davis also sliced a cucumber in half with a
playing card, which requires speed and accuracy, not strength, Metz
Davis ended his show with a break which put
him in the Guinness Book of World Records two weeks ago at the Battle of
Columbus, an international competition that included China, Japan, the
United States, Canada and other countries.
His break of five cement blocks ranked him
number one in the world for his weight class and number two in the world
As the crowd became silent, Davis attempted
to break his record of five cement blocks, and to tie the world record
of six blocks. He used his left hand instead of his right hand, which he
used to set the record, and broke three of the six blocks.
"It's hard to believe that you're not just
No. 1 in Columbus or in Ohio, but the world," Davis said. "I'm sure
there's someone out there who's just as good or better than they were at
the competition, but at the same time I want to celebrate the job I did
and sit back and say 'wow.'"
Davis said the martial arts he can do is
small compared to others, including his teacher who can break 2,100
pounds of ice at one time.
About 100 attended the show, which had a
total of nine acts, including dancing, a comedian and a live band of law
The show was meant as a social gathering and
not as a fundraiser, Davis said.
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